Our Team

Rebecca Deegan

Founder / Director & general policy geek

I 've worked in policy and public affairs for almost a decade and worked on campaigns at the local, national and global-level. I set-up ‘I have a voice’ after reflecting on my own experience of leaving further education politicially ignorant and unequipped to confidently articulate my views, especially if they were challenged.

I stumbled across a profession that showed me there are lots of parliamentary mechanisms that enable citizens to push for change. In a time where political discourse can be divisive, I want to show young people how they can use existing democratic processes to raise their voices in a way that promotes open-mindedness and compassion, and leads to effective action.

Usman Ali

Consultant & passionate about challenging ethnic disparities

I am a proud British Pakistani with a wealth of experience in the Higher Education Sector (King's College London & Goldsmiths, University of London), and expert knowledge of not just how British politics operates but also that of Pakistani, Indian & American political systems.

My background has enabled me to understand the world through a variety of different perspectives, and this helps me to see how barriers to social, political & economic changes can be overcome.

I joined IHAV to support its growth because it is important that everyone's voices are heard by decision-makers.

In my spare time, I am a keen reader, writer, campaigner, walker and karak chai enthusiast

Abigail Wordsworth

Social Media Coordinator & anti-fast-fashion campaigner

I'm a sixth form student hoping to study geography as I am passionate about improving the world through sustainability, social justice and equality for all.

I completed a week of work experience with I have a voice last year, which gave me the opportunity to act on my concerns about fast-fashion and set-up News to Resuse - a campaign to include fast fashion in the curriculum, educate others on the impact of fast fashion, and hold brands accountable for violating the human rights of workers.

I am excited to be working with the 'I have a voice' team as their social media coordinator, spreading the message of their work and encouraging others to use their voice!